2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe Finally Unveiled

BMW has released details of its 1-series pocket rocket, the new M Coupe, which is the latest in an illustrious line to wear the famous M badge of BMW’s tuning division, which implies extensive application of its motor racing expertise.

"With anticipation of enthusiasts around the world at fever pitch, today BMW M GmbH unveiled the newest member of its intimate product family," BMW says in a statement. Photo: BMW

BMW has released details of its 1-series pocket rocket, the new M Coupe, which is the latest in an illustrious line to wear the famous M badge of BMW’s tuning division, which implies extensive application of its motor racing expertise. The company released some new information, including engine data, release dates, and the toys it will carry.

“For the first time, the coveted M badge has been granted to the popular BMW 1 Series in the form of the all-new BMW 1 Series M Coupe,” says BMW in a statement.

“The M badge was imparted after a two-year development process through which BMW M engineers and test drivers achieved the exceptional power delivery and the signature, near-perfect driving behavior of a BMW M car.”

"The 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe will be available in limited quantities and with a limited range of options at Authorized BMW Centers in Spring, 2011," BMW says in a statement. Photo: BMW

With almost 70bhp more than the 1978 BMW M1 and similar output to the last generation M3 coupe, the new 1-series M Coupe has a power to weight ratio of 227bhp/tonne.

Under the hood will be the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six with 340 horsepower. That motor will be connected to six-speed manual transmission. There will no automatic option with this vehicle. That motor should be more than enough to haul around the car’s 3,307-pound weight.

This allows a 0-62mph acceleration time of 4.9 sec, with a top speed of 155mph (electronically limited). The EU Combined fuel economy is 29.4mpg, with CO2 emissions of 224g/km.

"With the original 1988 BMW M3 as its inspiration, the 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe combines the raw capabilities of a race car with the agility, versatility, and seating position of a compact BMW Coupe to create a pure Ultimate Driving Machine," BMW says in a statement. Photo: BMW

The M1 will feature a chassis, braking system, and rear differential similar to the M3. In total, that power and these tweaks have made the M1 faster than the E46 M3 around the Nordschleife.

The engine control system allows two performance curves: a standard mode provides a more torquey and flexible power delivery while M Dynamic Mode (MDM), activated by a button on the steering wheel, allows the driver to access the power as quickly as possible.

“The new 1 Series M Coupe also features the steering wheel-mounted M Drive button that made its first appearance in the 2006 M5,” BMW says in a statement.

"The new 1 Series M Coupe weighs in at 1,495kg DIN (3,296 lbs, preliminary), and features a 104.7-inch (2659mm) wheelbase, three inches longer than the 1988 M3," BMW says in a statement. Photo: BMW

“In the 1 Series M Coupe, the M Button activates a razor-sharp throttle response program for the sportiest driving. This means that the performance characteristics of the engine can be varied according to the driver’s wishes.”

Suitably ‘sporty’ styling includes widened wheel arches, exclusive 19-inch M alloy wheels and dual chrome tailpipes. There’s also a discreet spoiler lip generating additional downforce, with a rear apron featuring side openings that echo the aggressive mien of the front air intakes.

Paint colours include non-metallic white, metallic black and Valencia Orange metallic (pictured). Other standard fitments include twin corona bi-xenon headlamps and LED-fed positioning lights and door mirrors from the larger M3.

"A suitably powerful braking system for a car with this much performance was originally developed for the current-generation BMW M3. The internally-vented, cross-drilled cast iron discs measure 14.2 inches (360mm) in diameter at the front and 13.8 inches (350mm) in the rear," BMW says in a statement. Photo: BMW

The interior includes standard leather sports seats with orange stitching, an M leather steering wheel and fake-suede Alcantara with orange contrast stitching on the door trim, door inserts, handbrake and gear lever gaiters. The M logo is also embossed in the front of the headrests.

The chassis employs numerous lightweight components originally conceived for the M3 and adapted for the M1 Coupe. The double pivot front axle and the five-link rear axle are made almost entirely of aluminium.

Tubular stabiliser bars, axle links of forged aluminium and aluminium shock absorbers round off the lightweight construction concept. The track is 55mm wider than that of the 135i Coupe.

"In the 1 Series M Coupe, the M Button activates a razor-sharp throttle response program for the sportiest driving. This means that the performance characteristics of the engine can be varied according to the driver's wishes.," BMW says in a statement. Photo: BMW

Standard equipment includes a Variable M differential lock, which responds to differences in rotational speeds in the rear wheels, redirecting torque within a fraction of a second for optimum traction and grip. The braking system is suitably beefed up, too.

The 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe will be available in limited quantities and with a limited range of options at Authorized BMW Centers in Spring, 2011. Final pricing, packages, and options will be announced closer to the on-sale date. [via AutoBlog]

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